Saved From Federal Cuts, Medicaid Benefits Now Threatened By States

Even though lawmakers saved Medicaid from across-the-board cuts in the debt ceiling deal, increasing numbers of states are pursuing health care measures that will cut back on their Medicaid spending, thereby threatening benefits for millions of recipients. Utah is pushing to cap its per-person Medicaid expenditures to its general revenue, while Texas is seeking a federal waiver that would limit its Medicaid funding to a block grant. Similar initiatives are stirring debate in legislatures across the nation.

Sarah Bufkin